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Important American Furniture, Paintings, Folk Art and Decorative Arts January 22, 2013 Important American Furniture, Paintings, Folk Art and Decorative Arts January 22, 2013


  • Important American Furniture, Paintings, Folk Art and Decorative Arts

    Tuesday, 22 January 2013 10:00 AM

    127 East 69th Street New York, NY 10021 +1 212 734 2381



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    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:00 AM


    Saturday, January 19, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Monday, January 21, 2013 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:00 a.m. to End of sale.

    (viewing available during sale)

    Preview and Sale Location:Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Wallace Hall

    980 Park Avenue South at 84th Street

    New York, NY 10028

    Auction Code: 1009For absentee bids or inquiries, this sale should be referred to as

    SALE 1009.

    President and Owner:

    Leigh Keno,


    Catherine Skibitcky, Specialist

    Jack OBrien, Specialist

    Amy Sheldon, Marketing

    Alizzandra Baldenebro, Intern

    Emily Rigamer, Intern


    Betty Krulik, Fine Arts,

    Marybeth Keene

    Auction Inquiries & Bid Department:

    phone: 212 734 2381

    Auction Online:

    This auction features online

    viewing and live online bidding

    at and

    Conditions of Sale:

    This auction is subject to

    Important Notices, Conditions

    of Sale and Reserves.

    Front cover: Lot 49Back cover: Lot 123, 52, 39, 80Inside front cover Lot 40Page 3 Lot 121, 122

    Properties from:

    James and Kathryn Abbe

    The Estate of Violetta J.P. DuPont

    A California Gentleman

    A New York Lady

    A New York Gentleman

    The Dr. and Mrs. Robert Isbell


    The Late Valdemar F. Jacobsen

    A Rhode Island Lady

    A Massachusetts Family

    An Ohio Collection

    A Phoenix Gentleman

    A New England Estate

    A Private American Collection

    Direct Descendant of Thomas

    Kittredge, North Andover,


    The Bulkeley Family of Hartford,


    A Virginia lady

    A Direct Descendant of

    John Ritto Penniman

    The Collection of Joanne and Jeffrey Klein

    The Descendant of a Prominent

    Massachusetts Family

    The Estate of a Florida Lady

    A New York Family

    Direct Descendant of the Brown and

    Smith Families of Providence, Rhode Island

    A New Mexico Gentleman

    Direct Descendants of John


  • 2 Additional Information and Condition Reports at

    Handling and Collection

    Lots will not be released until all outstanding charges due to Keno Auctions are paid in full. Please contact Keno Auctions Client Accounts department at +1 212 734 2381 or

    Administration and Handling Charges

    Property not paid for and retrieved the day of the sale or by 3:00 p.m. January 23, 2013 will result in handling and administration charges plus any applicable sales taxes.

    Charges All Property

    Administration and Handling fees (per lot, per day beginning 3:00 pm, January 30, 2013) $15.00

    Keno Auctions Sale Site Church of St. Ignatius LoyolaWallace Hall980 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10028Hours: 9:00 a.m. End of saleJanuary 22, 2013Hours: 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.January 23, 2013

    Welpak Corporation 58-60 Grand AvenueMaspeth, NY 11378718 391 0155Info@welpakcorp.comHours: 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.Monday Friday, except public holidays

    Directions to the Sale

    By Subway:

    Take 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street.

    Driving Directions

    From Westchester

    New York State Thruway (I-87) South

    Exit 3, towards East 138 Street

    Stay straight to go onto Exterior Street. Turn right onto Madison Avenue Bridge

    Madison Avenue Bridge becomes Madison Avenue. Turn Left onto 135 Street. Turn Right onto Park Avenue.

    Turn Left onto East 132 Street, take the FDR Drive South to 96 Street (exit 14)

    Either go right onto 96 Street, drive across town to Park Avenue and turn left OR

    Go straight onto York Avenue, turn right at 85 Street, turn left at Park Avenue.

    From Long Island

    Long Island Expressway (I-495) to exit 30W, towards Midtown Tunnel

    Take Grand Central Parkway (Exit 22A) towards 108 Street Keep right at the fork in the ramp.

    Grand Central Parkway goes into Triborough Bridge. Keep to the Right, take the exit for Manhattan. Keep to the center through the tolls, follow signs for FDR Drive South.

    Exit at 96 Street (exit 14).

    Either go right onto 96 Street, drive across town to Park Avenue and turn left OR

    Go straight onto York Avenue, turn right at 85 Street, turn left at Park Avenue.

    From Connecticut

    I-95 South

    Continue onto 1-278 W

    Take exit for FDR Drive

    Merge onto Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

    Keep right and follow signs for 125 St./2nd Avenue

    Turn right onto E. 125th Street

    Turn left on Lexington Avenue

    Turn right on E. 85th Street

    Take fi rst left on to Park Avenue

    From the Lincoln Tunnel

    On exiting the tunnel, exit on the left towards 40 Street 7 North/West Side Highway

    Take West Side Highway to 79th Street

    Turn left onto Broadway

    Take Broadway to 86 Street, turn right onto 86 Street

    Take 86 Street through Central Park. You will exit the park on 84 Street.

    The church is on the corner of 84 Street and Park Avenue.


    There are many parking garages in the neighborhood. The closest is Belmont, on 84th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues

    Additional parking garages include:

    Albert Parking 30 East 85th Street 212 249 5290

    East 82nd Street Garage 111 East 82nd Street 212 288 9645

    Gold East Garage 55 East 87th Street 212 831 4818

  • 4 Additional Information and Condition Reports at

    Property of James and Kathryn Abbe

    1Black Painted Queen Anne Heart and Crown Arm Chair

    Stratford area, Connecticut, 1765-1775

    H. 47 in.

    Literature: A nearly identical example is in the Silas

    Deane House, Wethersfi eld, Connecticut. Please see

    Robert F. Trent, Heart and Crown Chairs, New Haven:

    New Haven Historical Society, 1977, pl. 17, p. 48.



    James (1912-1999) and Kathryn Abbe shared a love for art, antiques and photography. Each had well-established careers, James, as a pho-tographer and later as a well known dealer in Folk Art and Americana. He was known for his excellent taste and was a pioneering advocate for Folk Art, The emphasis should be on the Art and not the Folk he would say. Kathryn, a photographer and an identical twin, is the author of several books; her work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries. Each had a great eye, and when they worked together, the result was often splendid. They liked the juxtaposition of one object with another and the effects of light and shadow. Our January 22 sale features some of the best works from the folk art collection that they built together. Starting the sale off will be a Black Painted Queen Anne Heart and Crown Arm Chair with a classic shaped and pierced crest-rail and graceful arms that shows more than 250 years of usage; it was made in Connecticut in the fi rst-half of the 18th century (lot 1).

    Prominent among the pieces is a rare 18th century Polychrome Painted White Pine Countertop Figure of a standing gentleman (lot 18). A pair of early folk art paintings of twins, circa 1815, is powerful for the sitters stern expressions and edginess (lot 3) that brings to mind

    photographer Diane Arbuss haunting work Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967.

    The Abbes loved carved and painted wooden and metal fi gures. A painted wood, tin and iron fi gure of a rooster (lot 4), probably used

    as a roof ornament, is a whimsical accessory to any home. A portrait of a Girl in a Rocking Chair by Asahel Powers (lot 15) is an excellent example of Powers work. As an untrained artist Powers had a diffi cult time making items appear to be anchored to the fl oor; the young girl appears to be fl oating.


  • Additional Information and Condition Reports at 5




    4Painted Wood Tin and Iron Figure of a Rooster

    American, 1830-1890

    H. 22 in.; W. 25 in.

    Probably once used as a roof ornament.


    2Gilt Copper Weathervane Depicting a Steer

    Probably L. W. Cushing & Sons

    Waltham, Massachusetts, second half 19th century

    H. 12 in.; L. 23 in.


    3American School, First Quarter 19th Century

    A Pair of Portraits Depicting Twin Girls in White


    Oil on canvas

    18 x 16 inches (each)


  • 6 Additional Information and Condition Reports at

    5Green and Yellow Painted Half Hull Model

    American, circa 1843

    With painted inscription: Plymouth, 1843

    H. 11 in.; L. 56 in.


    6A Group of Four Carved and Painted Wooden Figures

    Comprising: Pair of white painted mermaids: American,

    late 19th / early 20th century, H. 2 in.; L. 6 in.

    Figure of a lion and lamb, probably Pennsylvania, late

    19th century, H. 5 in.; L. 9 in.

    Green, yellow and white painted fi gure of a standing

    woman, American, late 19th century, H. 13 in.

    White painted wooden rooster with repair done with

    tin and nails, fi rst half 19th century, H. 5 in.; L. 7 in.



    7Naive Carved Bone Figure in the Form of a Female Nude

    American, second half 19th century

    With movable section.

    H. 4 in.


    5 6 6



    8Pair of American School Portraits

    Sarah Bennett, age 11 and Mary Bennett, age 10

    Possibly Isaac A. Wetherby (American, 1819-1904)

    Oil on canvas

    29 x 24 inches (each)

    Portrait of Mary Bennett inscribed on verso: Mary

    Bennett born 1845 daughter of Hon. A.H. Bennett,

    Davenport, Iowa, 10 years old when this was taken.

    Possibly by Isaac Augustus Wetherby (1819-1904) and

    attributed to Isaac Wetherby 6/1/1988, James Abbe

    Junior Oyster Bay, NY

    Portrait of Sarah Bennett inscribed on verso of canvas:

    attributed to Isaac A. Wetherby (American, 1819-

    1904) and Sarah Bennett, born 1844, daughter of Hon.

    A.H. Bennett, Davenport, Iowa, 11 years old when this

    was taken.



    9Four Cast Iron Mechanical Banks and Tin Mechanical Bank

    Comprising: Speaking Dog, Red Dress, H. 7 in.; W.

    8 in.

    Uncle Sam, Shepard Hardware Company, Buffalo New

    York, circa 1886, H. 11 in.

    African American Man, H. 6 in.

    African American Woman, H. 6 in.

    Pool Player, painted tin, H. 7 in.



    10Painted Sheet Iron Figure of Indian with Bow and Arrow

    American, second half 19th century

    H. 26 in.; W. 14 in.


    11Painted and Decorated Circular Covered Wooden Box

    American, fi rst half 19th century

    Inscribed on bottom: James Abbe, Jr. Jericho, N.Y.

    H. 10 in.; Diam. 14 in.


  • Additional Information and Condition Reports at 7







    12Chauncey Wheeler (American, 1888-1945)


    First half, 20th century

    Branded on base: WFB

    Label inscribed on base: William F. Beale Long Island N.Y. by Chauncey Wheeler

    Carved and painted wood.

    L. 18 in.; W. 7 in.


    13A Group of Four Portrait Miniatures

    Comprising: A Silhouette of a young lady with woven hair and original gilt metal frame,

    inscribed on verso: 1828, H. 4 x 3 in.

    Ink silhouette of Thomas Goddard (English, 1762-1834), ink and watercolor on paper,

    inscribed on verso: Thomas Goddard 1762, signed: ... Hiddleton, H. 5 x 2 in.

    Nave full length silhouette of a woman glued to a page from an accounting book,

    19th century, collage and ink, 6 x 4 in.

    Portrait of Mrs. Robert Sackett, 1846, watercolor on paper, 5 x 4 in.



    14Soda Sarsaparilla & Ginger Ale 5

    New York, late 19th century

    Inscribed: TALLMAN 15 RUBLE HOUSE N.Y.

    Oil on canvas

    13 x 21 inches


  • 8 Additional Information and Condition Reports at

    15Asahel Lynde Powers (American, 1813-1843)

    Girl in Painted Rocking Chair

    Circa 1835

    Oil on canvas

    33 x 26 inches

    Provenance: Washburn Gallery, New York


    16American School, 19th Century

    Double Portrait of Boy with Whip and Girl

    with RoseOil on canvas

    27 x 24 inches

    Provenance: Washburn Gallery, New York




  • Additional Information and Condition Reports at 9

    17American School

    Peri at the Gates of Paradise

    Circa 1845

    Oil on canvas

    30 x 25 inches


    18Polychrome Painted White Pine Countertop Figure of a Standing Gentleman

    American, late 18th / early 19th century

    Wood analysis by Alden Identifi cation Service,

    November 2012.

    H. 38 in.




  • 10 Additional Information and Condition Reports at





    From the Estate of Violetta J.P. DuPont

    19Group of Miniature Portraits Daguerreotypes and Tintypes

    American, English and Continental, late 18th / 19th century

    Comprising: Six daguerreotypes (four in gutta-percha hinge frames), one tintype, one

    photograph, nine painted portrait miniatures, one bronze portrait medallion inscribed:


    Provenance: From the collection of James Maxime DuPont (1912-1991) of

    New Jersey



    Property of a Lady

    20Auguste Edouart (American, 1789-1861)

    An Interior Including Young Girl on Candle Stand and One Holding Doll,


    Signed and dated lower center : Aug. Edouart, fecit 1839

    Watercolor and black paper

    13 x 18 inches


    21Attributed to Rufus Porter (American, 1792-1884)

    Double Portrait of Husband and Wife (b. June 1799 - d. Jan 30, 1877)

    Circa 1820-18306

    Watercolor and ink on paper with gold leaf and black eglomise glass panel.

    The portrait of the lady inscribed in graphite on verso: Died January 30 1877 /

    Aged 77 yrs. 7 months.

    6 x 9 inches (including frame)


    Property of a California Gentleman

    22Painted Sea Chest with Carved Ship

    New England, 19th century, the carving and painting probably fi rst half 20th century

    The painting on the ship is signed indistinctly and dated: 32, possibly 1932

    With inlaid diamond-shaped whalebone escutcheon and fi tted with beckets.

    H. 15 in.; W. 43 in.; D. 16 in.


  • Additional Information and Condition Reports at 11

    Property of a New York Lady

    23American School, 1849

    Portrait of Boy With Dog, 1849

    Dated lower right: 1849

    Oil on canvas

    48 x 38 inches

    Provenance: Arthur Rupley, Alexandria, Virginia;

    Sloans & Kenyon, Chevy Chase, Maryland, 7-9 December 1990;

    Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, 1991


    24Pictorial Hooked American Rug: Ms. Hen

    Laura H. Loeffl er, 1920-1930

    On verso: Ms. Hen hand hooked by Laura H. Loeffl er

    35 x 26 in.

    Note: A closely related rug, based on the same design as the present lot sold at

    Sothebys, New York, Important Americana, Lot 167, 22-24 January 2009 for $25,000.




  • 12 Additional Information and Condition Reports at

    29Painted Wood and Decorated Grocery Store Bag Sorter

    American, second half, 19th century

    With original stenciled decoration and inscription

    from Troy, New York Grocers.

    With original stenciled decoration and inscription from

    Troy, New York Grocers.

    H. 15 in.; W. 16 in.; D...


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